Credit for Prior Learning

Your previous study or work experience may make you eligible for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) towards your Deakin degree. This allows you to complete your course earlier and often more affordably by reducing the number of units you need to study.

CPL, also known as advanced standing or credit transfer, includes formal learning (accredited qualifications) and non-formal and informal learning (non-accredited learning or work experience).

Can I receive credit for my qualification or previous experience?

Deakin considers all university, TAFE and private tertiary education provider qualifications from Australia and around the world for CPL. We also consider any other previous study, work experience and relevant life experience.

Please note that even if you are eligible for CPL, you'll still need to meet the entry requirements for the course you're applying for.

Credit may not be available for courses which require accreditation.

  1. If your country isn't listed here, it means that we don't have any current information available for institutions/qualifications from that country. You may still receive credit for previous study, and we will review your study history at the point of admission. Please contact us directly to learn if you qualify.
  2. If your institution isn't displayed, it means that we don't have any current information available for that institution. You may still receive credit for previous study, and we will review your study history at the point of admission. Please contact us directly to learn if you qualify.
  3. Credit arrangements have been established for the following courses. If your course isn't displayed, please check your units below to find any specific matches.
  4. Check your previously completed units against our credit database. Please note that credit isn't granted for 'fail', 'pass conceded' or equivalent grades. To check, enter the unit code or unit name. You can enter as many units as you like by selecting 'add another unit'.


Types of credit

  • Specified credit for a specific Deakin unit (when previous studies are comparable to that of the Deakin unit).
  • Unspecified credit for an elective unit within a Deakin course (when no comparable Deakin unit exists and where course rules state that unspecified credit can be granted).

How is CPL assessed?

Your application will be assessed if your qualifications were completed within the last 10 years. For older qualifications, only submit an application if you can demonstrate your continual involvement in the subject area.

Other factors to keep in mind

  • At least a third of your course needs to be completed at Deakin, or at least half for certificate courses.
  • Deakin will provide credit for overseas qualifications when they're benchmarked against relevant Australian qualifications.
  • International students must fulfill the requirements of their student visa, even if CPL is granted. Speak with an international student adviser to discuss how CPL may affect your visa.
  • Centrelink benefits may be affected if your study load becomes part time. Speak to a faculty course adviser about maintaining a full-time load.
  • Check with your relevant professional association to see if receiving CPL may affect your recognition.

Read Deakin's Credit for Prior Learning Policy for more information

International students

Filling out the CPL form is only necessary for domestic students.

International students can request a CPL assessment by indicating this on the international on-campus application for undergraduate and postgraduate study form. 

Learn more about on-campus applications for international students

How do I apply for credit for prior learning?

  1. Fill in the Deakin CPL form below.

  2. Submit your CPL application form at the same time as your course application.

    You'll also need to provide:

    • a certified copy of your academic transcript, with a key to results
    • details of course structure and credit point weightings from your previous institution’s handbook or website
    • a unit outline or syllabus including assessment requirements, credit point weighting of units and details of textbooks and references
    • for informal learning CPL, a written case that shows a high enough level of skill and knowledge for a 'Pass' grade in the relevant units of your course, or continued involvement in the subject area.
  3. If you're offered admission into a course at Deakin, your credit entitlement will be confirmed with your offer or as soon as possible afterwards.


PDF CPL application form.pdf -190.8KB

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